Author Archives: Lauren Gaylord

Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 4

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

I’m coming up on my two-year anniversary as a full-time staff member at Boston University, and with that comes a good deal of reflection. One of my favorite parts of working at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center is the close-knit office environment. I know that many people develop close relationships with their colleagues, but I feel very lucky to have met my amazing group of coworkers at Boston University. Thus, I’m dedicating this post to them and reflecting a bit about the importance of building strong office relationships. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-04-23

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!

SAA News

SAA’s Spring Cleaning Book Sale
Grab books for cheap April 21-May 8.

MayDay is coming
Start planning to participate in MayDay on May 1.

Take a salary survey from Women Archivists Section (WArS) and SAA
The research survey about salary, employment, and leadership in the archives profession closes on May 17.

Call for Annual Meeting Pop-Up Session Proposals
Proposals are due May 24.

Sign Up for the Navigator Program
Attending the Annual Meeting for the first time? Sign up to be mentored by a conference veteran! Request a Navigator by June 15.

Sign up to give a Lightning Talk at the SNAP Section Meeting
Submit your proposal by June 23. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-04-02

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!

SAA News

SAA Comments on HR-1695, Regarding the Register of Copyrights

Annual Meeting, July 23-29, 2017

Portland Host Committee Blog

Registration opens April 3rd.

Other Professional Happenings

Join a ProjectARCC Conference Call
ProjectARCC, a community of archivists responding to climate change, hosts conference calls on the second Tuesday of every month. The next call is April 11, 2017.

Deadline for ACA Exam
The Academy of Certified Archivists’ exam deadline is May 15.

Conferences and Trainings

Business Archives…Establishing and Managing an Archives
June 12-14, 2017 at Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Georgia Archives Institute
June 12-23, 2017 in Morrow, GA. Application deadline is April 1.

Cultural Diversity Competency
April 5, 2017 in Omaha, NE

Archives and Archivists in the News

Archivist LaToya Devezin On Preserving African-American History And Culture

Stanford students praise new hands-on approach to archival research

Rescuing film prints from floods, fire and ignorance: tales from the pioneer of archiving in India

Frank Gehry’s archives are headed to the Getty

Watch Archives Prove Their Worth

Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 3

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

In our office, education and outreach programming is a huge priority. Serving our student population is always at the forefront of our minds and we are constantly brainstorming new ways to reach them. Although planning and executing education and outreach projects is not one of my primary job responsibilities, each archivist in our office is expected and encouraged to help plan these events. March was a busy month for outreach and I was lucky enough to have a hand in two exciting programs: a student discovery seminar on ‘Old Hollywood’ and a specialized classroom session focused on the theme of adaptations.

Participating in and planning student discovery seminars is one of my favorite job responsibilities. These seminars are one-time events that are designed to hook student interest by presenting an assortment of archival materials and rare books based on a common theme. For these events we pull materials from an assortment of relevant collections, arrange them in our reading room, give a quick overview and history of the materials to the students, and then we welcome the students to explore the items for themselves. We also invite a faculty member or local expert who can provide another perspective on the materials. These events allow us to explore our collections further, connect with the student body and their interests, and form connections with faculty members who often bring their classes back or return for their own research. Although I was not in charge of this month’s ‘Old Hollywood’ seminar, I thoroughly enjoyed helping my co-worker Jane set it up. Continue reading

Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 2

Elizabeth Shulman is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Elizabeth for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

Greetings from the Mallbrary! That is what I have taken to calling my new location as the North Carolina Collection at Northgate Mall is a mouthful. When I last wrote, I was finishing packing up the North Carolina Collection to have our belongings brought over to the mall. In early February, I came over to the mall and supervised the movers as they brought over our furniture and put books on the shelves. During that week and a half, I felt more like a construction site foreman than a librarian. Once the books were on the shelves, I unpacked the archival materials and found new homes for them. Most of our archival materials are living on top of filing cabinets or on wire racks along the back walls of the reading room. The North Carolina Collection also became home to a small circulating collection called the Lucky Day Collection. This is a collection of non-renewable popular books that customers can check out for one week. As of March 3rd, we have been serving the public out of the Mallbrary. While I still do not have a supervisor and my part-time librarian took a new job at another branch in the system, I have a wonderful Adult Services Librarian who is working full-time with me. This will hopefully give me more time off of the reference desk so I can process more collections and do some collection development work. Continue reading

SAA 2017 Candidate Interview: Steven Booth

This post is part of the 2017 Candidate Interview series, presented in preparation for the 2017 SAA Election (March 13-March 31). Candidate statements will be posted daily through March 13. Read more statements from 2017 candidates here or check out our previous election series.

Editor’s note: Due to professional and personal obligations, Steven was unable to participate in our series this year. We’re running his response to the question posed by the Nominating Committee instead. Update 3/13/2017 10:04am EST: Steven was able to participate last minute after all! I’ve updated our post to reflect his answers to the SNAP questions.

Steven Booth
Archivist, Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration
Candidate for Council
Read his bio and response to questions posed by the Nominating Committee here. Continue reading

controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields 2017-03-12

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!

SAA News

Contribute to the SAA Student Chapter Manual
Part of an SAA student chapter? Consider adding your expertise to the SAA Student Chapter Manual, now in progress.

Check out SAA’s new Internship Directory! 

Survey on SAA Participation
The Membership Committee is seeking feedback on barriers to participation in SAA through a brief three-question survey. The survey will close March 31.

SAA Upcoming Deadlines

Call for Proposals and Presenters: The Liberated Archive Forum
Proposals are due March 13.

Other Professional Happenings

Survey for MLIS (or equal) grads in US
Take this survey on how student participation in professional organizations has affected your career

Join a ProjectARCC Conference Call
ProjectARCC, a community of archivists responding to climate change, hosts conference calls on the second Tuesday of every month. The next call is March 14, 2017.

Deadline for ACA Exam
The Academy of Certified Archivists’ exam deadline is May 15.

Annual Meeting, July 23-29, 2017

Portland Host Committee Blog

Conferences and Trainings

Business Archives…Establishing and Managing an Archives
June 12-14, 2017 at Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Georgia Archives Institute
June 12-23, 2017 in Morrow, GA. Application deadline is April 1.

Cultural Diversity Competency
April 5, 2017 in Omaha, NE

Archives and Archivists in the News

Maine State Archives & Library Launch Digital Maine Transcription Project

Found: A Miniature Working Model of the National Archives Vault

A Bookbinder’s Craft

Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data

Archivists launch the Video Game History Foundation